The Signal is reporting that a deadly crash that took the life of a mother of six may have had alcohol as a factor.
On Friday, October 6, 37-year-old Katie Snyder Evans of Saugus, California, was killed in a two-car collision right before midnight on Golden Valley Road near Valley Center Road. The other driver, currently only identified as a 22-year-old woman, was driving down Golden Valley Road when her car hit the curb and she lost control of the vehicle, sideswiping another car. At that point, the suspect veered directly into oncoming traffic and hit Evans’ car head-on. The mother of six was pronounced dead at the accident scene, and the cause of death has been identified as blunt trauma.
According to Sgt. Dan Dantice of the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Sheriff’s Station, law enforcement suspects alcohol as a factor in this crash, and they are currently waiting for the toxicology results on the 22-year-old suspect. Alcohol containers were found in the suspect’s car at the accident site.
So far, no arrests has been made in this case. According to a spokesperson from the SCV Sheriff’s Station, which is now investigating this crash, if the toxicology results show the 22-year-old driver did have alcohol in her system at the time, she will face vehicular manslaughter charges.
When the fatal crash occurred, the mother of six was very close to her home. She was on her way back from seeing her her premature twins, who were in the hospital at the time. Evans frequently visited her twins in the neonatal unit at the local hospital, according to family members, following their birth. Her family is currently holding fundraisers to help ease the financial burden of her passing and to cover associated medical bills.
Drunk driving is a serious issue
Driving while drink continues to be an alarming trend nationwide, despite widespread public information on the dangers of doing so, as a criminal defense lawyer Denver CO relies on can attest. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that although the figures have fallen, close to 29 people still die each day in crashes related to alcohol (https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving). In 2016 alone, more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents, which is the equivalent of about one person every 50 minutes.
Many states have increased their drunk driving penalties and introduced new ones, such as interlock ignition devices that will not allow a car to start until the driver’s blood alcohol levels have been checked. These moves may be helping to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, this deadly behavior still remains all too common across the country. Unfortunately, there may always been drivers who simply do not consider the safety of others before they get behind the wheel.
A drunk driver can change lives in an instant, causing serious injury and even death. If you or a family member has been harmed by a drunk driver’s reckless actions, speak to an experienced auto accident attorney about your rights and your case as soon as you can.
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